2005 Summer Transportation Institute
Matching Research Agency
South Carolina State University and University of Missouri-Rolla
2-4 undergraduate students acting as counselors and participating in course development.
The purpose of the STI is to provide an educational experience for rising 11th and 12th grade high school students which explores all aspects of the transportation industry and its role in our society.
Civil Engineering at UMR has hosted a USDOT Summer Transportation Institute (STI) for the past several years. The program has been very successful and will again be offered in summer 2005. The STI is a 4-week intensive learning experience held during the summer for high school students. It is targeted primarily toward minorities but not limited to them. The following are goals of the STI: (1) To expose secondary school students to and allow them to participate in a series of academic and practical experiences designed to motivate them toward professions in the transportation industry; and (2) To provide secondary school students with mathematics, science, and technological enrichment to enable them to pursue a career in the transportation industry.
The overarching goal is to increase the number of youths entering the transportation profession and aid the university in its recruiting efforts. The students (11th and 12th graders) are subjected to a healthy dose of campus life. As a regular part of the institute, the curriculum will include a course for college credit.
The STI will not only expose minority high school students to career options in the field of transportation, but on a more basic level to the college experience itself.
Relationship to other Research/Projects
As a part of the program, participants will be exposed to current transportation research projects at UMR.
Technology Transfer Activities
Students will participate in a series of academic, hands-on, and practical experiences designed to motivate them toward professions in the transportation industry.
Transportation Research Board Keywords
Education, transportation institute, minority program.